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Produce industry request COVID-19 protection for workers

ALPENA, Mich. — American Farm Bureau Federation and other U.S. produce industry organizations urged congress to provide more resources in protecting their workforce from COVID–19.

The organizations were asking for additional access and resources for farmers to allow testing for farm workers.

Additionally, they requested priority access to PPE supplies, vaccines and medicines once made available.

According to Michigan Farm Bureau National Legislative Counsel, John Kran, the organizations also requested funding for quarantined workers who contracted the virus.

While there has not been resolution, Kran added that the funding request will assist in covering other things like retrofitting facilities, additional housing and more.